STEVEN GERRARD believes his Rangers side looked ‘a level above’ in this afternoon’s 5-0 hammering of Hamilton Accies.
The Light Blues played some scintillating football in the rout to hammer Brian Rice’s side, with Gerrard so pleased with what he saw from his men.
He told RangersTV: “I thought we were excellent. I thought we turned up here today hungry and with a purpose to come and make the game comfortable as quick as we could.
“We came out the blocks so quickly and showed really, really good quality in the final third.
“Every time we went forward, we looked as if we were going to put a cross in, slide someone in or get a shot off at goal which was very pleasing.
“We knew we were going to dominate the ball here and they were going to try and get men behind the ball, but you make it a lot easier for yourself if you play one and two touch, you pass forward and when you do get down the sides of these teams and you have little combination play, it is very difficult for them to stay with us and I just thought we looked a level above today.”
Ryan Jack opened the scoring today for his third goal of the season – with Gerrard so pleased the midfielder is now beginning to contribute goals to the team too.
He continued:”It’s not just Jacko – we have asked for more shots from the edge of the box. Up until a few weeks ago, we probably hadn’t scored enough from the edge of the box so it was great to see the likes of Jacko and Scotty [Arfield] really stepping-up and really fancying their chances.
“They can both strike the ball really well, and if you can get within range, let it go and you can certainly add numbers to your game.
“Again, Jacko was consistent. His level of performance is there and, as I have said before, he is one I can trust.
“You can put him into any game at home or away and he gives you the same level of performance.”
Getting the job done without the suspended Alfredo Morelos also delighted Gerrard, who added: “There has been a few questions asked of us when Alfredo is not available if we are too reliant on him and we have asked players to step up in his absence and provide numbers – whether that be creating goals or scoring goals.
“Daniel [Candeias] has certainly done that. If he can do that consistently for us, it will be a big help. [Ryan] Kent is the same, and the quality on Tav’s [James Tavernier] cross again is top, top drawer and it was a good finish by Jermain [Defoe].
“So it was quality all round and another clean sheet. It was a difficult team talk to give at half time as we were so comfortable in the game and you always know it is going to be a little flatter in the second half.
“But I was pleased with the subs coming on and Kyle getting his goal as well.”
Gerrard was also so pleased with Kyle Lafferty getting himself back on the scoresheet, saying: “He has been waiting a little while and he has been unlucky at times – I look at certain games where he could have got himself on the scoresheet.
“But today was about him coming on and helping us win that second half, and he got the goal which he deserved as he was unlucky with the header just before it as well.
“As long as he keeps getting in the right places, I’m sure the numbers will come for him.”